It is a funny thing how many of us spend most of our lives not knowing much, if anything, about our surnames and where they come from. Yet, our surnames are the first sense of belonging we are given, our first identity.
The grade 6s were given the task of researching their surname as well as their family history. They then had to present their findings to the class in the form of an oral…and it has been fascinating!
It has been wonderful to learn about the diverse backgrounds which we all come from and to be able to celebrate our heritage. Many of the children have been very surprised by what they have learned about their parents, grandparents and forefathers.
What a fun and special way to learn more about each other!
A Visit to Intaka Island
On Wednesday the 17th and Thursday the 18th of February, the Gr 6 pupils visited Intaka Island in Century City. It is a fascinating place as it is situated right in the heart of Century City amongst all the buildings. It is a natural wetland that has been looked after through all the development around it. It is a place of sanctuary for the birds. We took a trip around the wetlands by boat, learnt about alternative sources of energy, and had the opportunity to learn more about our local bird population. A place of great beauty amongst the concrete jungle, we recommend you visit the island yourself!
Goodbye Christmas, hello new year!
On Friday, 15th January the new Gr 6 year began, a buzz of excitement filled the air!
We had many new faces join us. Not only were there many new pupils but also a new Gr 6 teacher! Miss Camilla Calitz joined the Gr 6 team from Citrusdal to head up the Afrikaans.
A big change this year sees the Gr 6 pupils move from teacher to teacher for various learning areas. Very exciting, as each teacher’s unique personality, style and manner may be experienced!
Best wishes to everyone for a superb 2016! So much to look forward to!
Die Graad-6 leerlinge het goed afgeskop met die lees van die gedig, Luilekker Primêr. Die eerste speltoets is reeds afgehandel en hulle het die week hul eerste begripstoets geskryf. Leerlinge word aangemoedig om soveel as moontlik te lees, om sodoende hul woordeskat te ontwikkel. Die leerlinge het ‘n profiel van hulself ontwerp en op ‘n A4 plakkaat uitgebeeld. Hulle het met behulp van die profiel dit ook op iMovie uitgebeeld. Dit is goed vir alle leerders om hulle self te sien en hoor, Afrikaans praat.
Experiments are always a great way to gain real understanding in the Science classroom. They give the children hands-on experience and are usually so much fun that every child is actively involved in the lesson.
Recently we learned about food groups and we used iodine to test various foods for starch. Needless to say, the rice and bread elicited some really great responses and interest!
Over the last few weeks we have been learning all about electricity and this gave us an excellent opportunity to experiment with and investigate different ways of creating our own electricity.
A great deal was learned and much fun was had by all!
Last week the Grade 6’s participated in another exciting ILT based on The Democratic Election Process. This was done over the course of three days.
On Day 1 they were instructed to get into groups of four. In these group they came up with their own party- it had to have a name, slogan, logo, etc. They had to then select a party leader and as a team, create an electoral poster with the use of their iPads. Following this, they learnt the importance of reaching all the political parties target by creating an Afrikaans pamphlet for their created party. Speeches were made, presented and a class vote was cast. It was great for the students to let their creativity, group and leadership skills reign free.
one of the election posters that were made
the Afrikaans pamphlets
On Day 2 they had to work in pairs to create a powerpoint with regards to the change in South Africa’s Coat of Arms, our flag, etc. It was great to see the students creating amazing slide shows with the use of their iPads- they know so much!
an amazing keynote slideshow
On the last day- Day 3, was the grand finale! After using some mathematical skills and compiling a graph, the preparation for the final vote commensed. Alterations and appointments with Mr. Preston were made in final preparation. All the Grade 6’s, along with their teachers met in the hall to listen to the final four speeches. Ballot papers were handed out and votes were made and counted. The competition was stiff, and the winner was announced- Cami Nieuwstad!!! Congratulations to all involved!
the students Maths graphs regarding poll numbers
voting in the hall
the students getting a feel for the election queues
the Grade President- Cami